They say, fiction triumphs where history and historiography meet failure. True enough. Through imagination and innovation, fiction tries to. Looking through glass. By Mukul Kesavan Ravi Dayal Pages: Price: Rs Of course history is an attempt to make the past stable and of. At The Close Of The Twentieth Century, A Young Photographer On A Train To Lucknow Suddenly Finds Himself In The Deep End Of Adrift In The Final.
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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Looking Through Glass by Mukul Kesavan. Set amid the turbulence of Indian partition and independence, the hero of this tale is a young photographer who has a mysterious accident while testing out his new telescopic lens.
He is propelled back to the yearand there begins his own comic odyssey through the crumbling Raj.
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Lists with This Book. Aug 28, Radhika rated it did not like it Recommends it for: I was really looking forward to reading this book because I came across it in a round about way while browsing the internet and read about the author and an interview with him.
Was it the Guardian? I don’t remember anymore. I read the book cover to cover in order to be sure that I was giving it a fair shake though about a quarter through, the author was already beginning to bore me. I’ll tell you why. It is not that the idea ,ooking time-hopping wasn’t good.
The problem was in the execution. The he I was really looking forward to reading this book because I came across it in a round about way while browsing the internet and read about the author and an interview with him. The hero is unconvincing and can’t make up his mind about anything really and this seems to be a malady that he might have caught from the author.
By waffling around as much as he does and concentrating at the oddest moments on his flatulence and excretions, he just paints a figure whom you really don’t want to follow around in his next noxious adventure. The story begins with promise and one feels that perhaps a coherent thread will emerge with a particular Dadi at the center of the struggle for the independence of India and the preceding and succeeding HIndu-Muslim tensions.
Througu the end the protagonist will either have realized why Dadi was so critical of her own involvement in or in mykul other ways have come to grips with what transpired. He, the protagonist, clearly wants to serve in the role of a witness when the book begins. But he is constantly running away from events and people. And even as he runs and stays away, he somehow only focuses only on those he can’t see or feel.
By the end you are left with a strange mish-mash of a pregnant-anglo-Indian-orphan-eventual mother of twins-“fallen”-woman, a completely undeveloped female-muslim-sister-peripheral character who turns lesbian with love for the former a love that has no meaning or significance in the story it seems other than to say oh lesbian love not only existed in “those days” it even crossed religious boundariesa mother who is forward-thinking and completely rooted in an identity defined by men and society, kesafan son who is a recruitment poster and just about as interestinga dadi who gets 2 pages somewhere- all the while the hero, is developing pussy boils on his face, farting, shitting, and getting erections which he can’t control the reference to floating turds are many and all iesavan gratuitous and vlass one wonder if the glxss was trying to be Khushwant-esque in his directness.
He only succeeds with regard to stools. There is no coherence or heart to this story. And it ends as miserably as it lurches to that end. With no insight into anything. Jan 14, Alexandra rated it liked it.
I enjoyed time traveling in India with this book. Apr 01, Nikhilesh Sinha rated it really liked it. Talented indian writer capable of unpretentious prose. Doesn’t hurt that his politics are sound.
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Mukul Kesavan is an Indian writer and essayist.
He teaches social history at Jamia Millia Islamia in Delhi. He’s keen on the game of cricket but in a non-playing way. His credentials f Mukul Kesavan is an Indian writer and essayist. His credentials for writing about the game are founded on a spectatorial axiom: Kesavan’s book of cricket,Men in White, was published by Penguin Muklu in He wrote a blog by the same name on cricinfo.
The book is a collection of essays on a wide variety of themes ranging from Indian glasd to Indian men to travel writing and even political commentary. He is also the co-editor of Civil Lines, the widely respected journal of Indian writing in English. Books by Mukul Kesavan.
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